Transportation in the UK : a few things about taxis
The U.K. is located in Northwestern Europe. It is composed of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital city is London, which is located in England. This guide is about public transportation in the U.K., especially the taxis or cabs. Taxis are iconic of the country in many ways. In fact, Taxis in London are characterized by their black color; whereas taxis in the U.K. can have other colors. Read and learn a few things about taxis in the U.K.
Rules and regulations
Taxis in the U.K. were traditionally called hackney carriage, or simply hack. Taxis in London are known as black cabs because of their black color. The Public Carriage Office in the U.K. issued certain rules and regulations governing the taxis in the U.K. Here are a few things about taxis in the U.K.:
- Certified cab drivers: All taxi cab drivers in the U.K. are certified drivers. Prior to working as a cab driver, it is mandatory to follow a 4-year extensive training, which is known as “The Knowledge”. Nobody could work as a taxi driver in London without having successfully passed the test after the training. A good Knowledge of London's routes, landmarks and place names is required in order to pass the test.
- Mandatory badges: Taxi cab drivers have to wear badges. All certified drivers are entitled to a green badge; In fact, the green badge gives them permission to drive in the city, especially in London. However, if any cab drivers wish to be granted permission to drive in suburban areas, it is required to have a yellow badge. This law is applicable in London.
- Vehicle types: Black taxicabs are four door-vehicles. They can bring up to seven passengers. The front seat next to the driver is reserved for luggage most of the time. Black taxicabs have a limited turning circle, which is only of 8m. This made turning on the roundabout near Savoy Hotel difficult. As a result, driving on the right side has become legal in London. There are several vehicle models for the London taxis or LT, including:
- LTI cabs, which are 4-door saloons. They were designed by the British industrial designer Kenneth Grange. LTI TX1 was produced from 1997 to 2002.
- LTI TXII taxis, which are 4-door saloons. This model was produced from 2002 to 2006.
- LTI TX4 taxis, which are 5-door wagons, with a front engine and a rear-wheel drive. It is endowed with either 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. This model was manufactured by LTI from 2007 to 2010.
- LEVC TX cabs, which are 5-door vehicles. The model has been produced since 2017. It has a rear-wheel drive.
Ride in the U.K. taxis
The U.K. taxis are unique in vehicle type and color. Riding on a taxicab in the U.K. is safe, because the drivers know all the routes and places where you want to go. To go to the U.K. and explore everything about the peculiarities of those taxis, find a flight to the U.K. by booking through the online travel agency Opodo. Hotels and any other accommodation can be also booked through Opodo for the best offer.